Hurricanes can form in quicker succession due to the changing climate
Climate Change Hurricanes Tropical storms

Hurricanes can form in quicker succession due to the changing climate

Prof Dr Ilan Kelman
Prof Dr Ilan Kelman

In 10 seconds? Climate change is increasingly pushing hurricanes near the USA’s east coast, according to new research. This trend does not necessarily mean more storms but indicates longer-lasting ones and shorter lead times for warning and evacuation.

What are the findings? For tropical cyclones—meaning hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons—when they form, they will be worse in terms of wind speed and rainfall potential. Overall, they are expected to decline in numbers, although this conclusion is not as scientifically robust as the statement on intensity. Additionally, the storms are projected to move more slowly along their tracks while holding more moisture, so they are likely to dump much more rain in a single location. This was seen in Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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